Who can resist the beauty and mystery of a feather? find one lying on the ground adn it’s a gift from nature, a totem sign or message just for you, waiting. They entice, they tickle, they soothe, adn they cause us to wonder. Just hold a feather and you can imagine flying able to escape the everyday world a moment or two, becoming light as a feather.
Feathers, so fragile yet strong, have been used for decoration, charms, and icon through history and in almost all religions. they represent the human spirit and its connection to higher realms.
They carry the elemental aspects of:
- Wind, thought, illusion
- Did you know when a wind feather falls out on one wing the other wing losses the same feather?
- What’s behind a fan, or how does a bird fly?
- Bridge between heaven and earth.
They hold communication aspects of:
- Messages to humans as omens and signs.
- Ever notice how crows appear when you need a creative solution or are about to transcend a situation?
- Messages to ethereal beings and higher realms.
- Feathers are often used on items of sacred ceremony, such as prayer sticks, staffs, and wands, where they carry our intent and help us communicate with ethereal beings and the higher realms.
- Same for sacred fans (sometimes just one feather) used by shamans and healers to cleans the aura, direct adn concentrate healing energy, or diffuse smoking herbs of cedar and sage for cleansing and purifying.
- Indicators of status, rank, and honors.
- Egyptian crown.
- Feather headdresses, hair adornments, or fans of the American Plains Indian tribes, where use of the feather is earned and tells a story.
Highlights in history and myth:
- Ancient Egypt where Amun-Ra displays feathers on his crown, when Ra chose to take form, Ma’at’s feather of truth (also a hieroglyph), and Anubis whose job it was to weigh the heart of the departed soul against a feather before passage was granted to the celestial world, for the heart of the deceased must be without burden or guilt in order to pass.
- Norse myth has teh falcon feather cloak, Valhamr, which enabled Freya, goddess of beauth, fertility, love, and magic, and to fly at will when wearing it.
- Winged or feathered creatures such as:
- Pegasus, the winged horse.
- Quetzalcoatl, the jade-colored feathered serpent.
- Phoenix, rising from the ashes.
- Harpies, birdlike women.
- Sally Rand, of the 1930s, perfected teh exotic fan dance, using ostrich fans.
- Victorian ladies used their fans to communicate discrete messages by tilt, touch, and position.